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Seahawks put a fitting capper on their offseason program

Posted Jun 19, 2014

In their final practice of the offseason, the Seahawks displayed the same characteristics that helped make them Super Bowl champions last season. Now they must maintain that edge until training camp opens next month.

On the final play of the Seahawks’ final minicamp practice to conclude their offseason program, Terrelle Pryor launched a pass toward the end zone that was intercepted by A.J. Jefferson.

Pryor and Jefferson were not members of the 2013 team that won the first Super Bowl in franchise history, but they are hoping to be part of the 2014 Seahawks team that will be looking to win another Super Bowl title.

The answer to whether that happens will have to wait, however, as the players will not reconvene as a team until they report to training camp in late July.

But the real question, of course, is: What’s next?

That has become the mantra since the Seahawks dispatched the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. That remains the challenge as the players and coaches head into their extended break.

“We had a really good day, and we’ve had just a fantastic offseason,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ve had such great attendance. We’ve had great focus. … The way we worked, we got a lot done that we’re really excited about and we’re ready to go to camp.”

MINICAMP DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS

Defensive player of the day: Cassius Marsh. The defensive end from UCLA who was so impressive in the rookie minicamp last month reminded everyone why during Thursday’s final full-squad minicamp practice. Where to begin with everything the fourth-round draft choice did on a picture postcard of a day along the shores of Lake Washington? At the top of his dossier: In a red-zone drill, Marsh stopped Spencer Ware for a 1-yard gain on third-and-2 and then got to Christine Michael for no gain on fourth down. Later, it was Marsh’s pressure that forced Russell Wilson to throw an incomplete pass on a fourth-and-4 play.

Defensive play of the day: In the 7-on-7 drill, Wilson went to wide receiver Percy Harvin, only to find All-Pro Earl Thomas instead. Thomas seemed to bait Wilson by sitting on the route before jumping it and making the interception. “I just felt it,” Thomas explained.

Offensive players of the day: Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin. The offense scored one touchdown in seven series in the full-team drill to concluding the final minicamp practice, and Wilson and Turbin made the plays to set it up. Wilson was 5 of 5 for 40 yards, including a 7-yard TD pass to Derrick Coleman for the TD, and also added a 12-yard run. When it wasn’t all about Wilson, it was all about Turbin, who carried six times for 26 yards and also had a 12-yard reception.

Offensive play of the day: Wilson laying a pass over defensive end Cliff Avril to Turbin for an 11-yard touchdown in the red-zone drill.

Special teams play of the day: Jermaine Kearse and Akeem Auguste double-teaming gunner Ricardo Lockette and driving him out of the play to spring Thomas on a punt return.

Quarterback Russell Wilson seconded that notion.

“The best part about it is that we’re so much further ahead than we’ve ever been,” Wilson said. “So I think that the progression of our offense, the progression of our defense and special teams, it looks great and everybody is on the same page – the idea of competing at the highest level, the idea of how to be successful is definitely there and taking care of your body and doing the right things to get prepared to win.”

This five-week period does not come without concerns, however.

“They’re on their own now,” Carroll said. “They’ve worked so long together. We’re encouraging our guys to work out together and find each other and get in groups and make sure that they’re staying with their conditioning.

“Our guys have worked so hard, I can’t imagine that they’ll lose their conditioning over this time. But we want them to maintain and improve if they can.”

That’s a pretty decent goal for when the players return, as well. And Wilson doesn’t see any kind of Super Bowl lag being an issue.

“Right now, I definitely believe we’re way further head,” he said. “It’s exciting. You have an itch because you know how to do it at a very high level and the best part about it is we can continue to do it better. There’s a lot more ways that we can be better, there’s a lot more ways that I can be better and that’s the great part about it.

“I continue to just try to stay focused on what I can control and continue to grow in every way possible. I think that everybody feels that way. We want to uplift each other.”

What’s next? The long wait until all of the progress that was made during the offseason program following the most-successful season in franchise history can be on display again when training camp opens.

“The most important thing that we could have done in this offseason is to recapture our work ethic,” Carroll said. “That’s the most important thing, because we really have one. The competitiveness that our guys bring every day and then the focus that is called for to do that is what’s most crucial so that we can stay on track. And that was there.

“We were rock solid through the whole offseason,” Carroll added. “So that’s all I could ask for. So we’re ready to go. It’s very important that sense that we feel, the speed and the competitiveness and the guys working to prove that they know their stuff and they do right, that’s what our practices have been about for years.”  

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